ARC Review: The Mermaid’s Call by Katherine Stansfield

I had no idea that this was a part of a series! Had I known that I think I would have read one of the earlier books first because I felt as though I was sort of thrown into the story without too much to go on. Sadly, this did affect how I felt about this book overall because most of the time I had no idea what was going on or why the characters interacted the way they did. It is a very interesting premise however.

Shilly and Anna Drake are detectives and also lovers and have been called upon to try to solve a murder of a sea captain’s brother done by a violent “mermaid”. It sounds really promising but unfortunately wasn’t enough to captivate me.

The writing style, while beautiful, isn’t for me at all and the mystery didn’t seem that mysterious at all…It felt rather dull and lackluster. The cast of characters weren’t memorable and I often had to go back to refresh myself on who was who. 

The book ultimately ends on a cliffhanger, which annoyed me. There was a plot point that was teased the entire time and when it finally seems that we get some closure, it ends!  It felt like a huge let down honestly.

Again, this book probably just wasn’t for me overall and maybe I need to read the books preceding it to really enjoy it. I did like that the main characters were lesbians and that they had disguises for their detective work. The mermaid murder aspect (haha) was cool as well.

Thank you very much to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

 💜  💜 2/5

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5 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Mermaid’s Call by Katherine Stansfield

  1. Oh no, that’s too bad because the premise does sound interesting. Wonder if it would’ve been better if you’d read the previous books. I picked up a book I didn’t realize was part of a series earlier this year and I just… was so confused the whole time 🙈

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    1. i was sooo disappointed 😭 usually books have like a number to indicate if it’s a series or something but this one didn’t! I was going to dnf but i was 75% in and was like you know what might as well…I might pick up one of her earlier books because they have a lot of great reviews. that really is the worst ugh.

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